Social skills are among the key elements of a happy life. Developing school kids’ social skills lead to stronger self-esteem, less bullying in class and better learning outcomes as well.

Mightifier Application develops social skills by teaching kids how to give positive feedback based on their classmates’ daily behavior. The application has been tested in Finland during spring 2016.*

All pilot teachers said that Mightifier usage had impact on kids’ social skills and overall atmosphere at class. Also, 75% of teachers felt that using the application decreased bullying.

“I’ve noticed that after three months, the usual quarrelling between kids has really decreased”, smiles Heli Elliott, teacher from Espoo.

”Mightifier made kids really think about how their actions might impact others.”

Mightifier has been designed to support the classroom in its daily life. Kristiina Sillanpää, teacher from Riihimäki, says that

”Mightifier made kids really think about how their actions might impact others. It was great giving and receiving positive feedback. It really “forced” one to think about something good to say about everybody, even though others might feel annoying sometimes”

Three quarters of kids felt that after Mightifying they had more friends at class and that their own mood was better. Also they felt Mightifier decreased restlessness and quarrels. Still, the best thing about Mightifier according to kids was to see how happy their classmates became because of the feedback.

Still, the best thing about Mightifier according to kids was to see how happy their classmates became because of the feedback.

“Everyone got positive feedback, and it was always really exciting to ’Mightify’. The feedback lifted the class spirits and also strengthened self-esteem”, thinks Kirsi Valkeavuori, teacher from Riihimäki.

Spotting friends’ strengths and giving positive feedback isn’t easy. Still it’s a skill that can be learned.

“To me, Mightifier seems like a great tool to teach character traits. It really helps kids to notice their friends’ strengths”, describes Mari Karttunen, teacher from Espoo.

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Mervi Pänkäläinen

*Pilot tests were carried out with 250 kids and their teachers.